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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-05-2008, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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10 gallon tank questions

I am looking into messing around with a 10 gallon tank for fun. Probably mainly a shrimp tank with 4-5 tetras in it just for some variety. But naturally I could not set up a tank without plants so I have some questions...

This is a small tank only 20" wide. The only T-5 light I saw online was 18" wide but it was 40 watts. That puts me at 4 Watts per gallon. I was hoping to just substitute Excel or a DIY CO2 for the small tank. Would dosing with Excel be sufficient if I am slamming the tank with 4 Watts per gallon? If not, what kind of light would you recommend for such a small tank?

Just looking for ideas to get started. Trying to start off inexpensive, I have dropped enough $$$ into the big tank.

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Im sure a DIY c02 would work for the 10g, I have a 40W light on mine and not doing any co2 and things are still growing. I'm going to start dosing Excel soon though.

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You could just opt for one of the standard hoods for the 10 gallon. Walmart sells the type that fits two screw-in CF bulbs. While the light is not as appealing or even as T5, you wouldnt need ferts or CO2 persay. In a shrimp tank with mosses and easy plants, that'd work.
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I have a 10 gal fairly heavily planted with fairly high light plants, to low light plants, all under the 28 watt coralife fixture with the freshwater planted bulbs. i dose the seachem line, including excel. everything is doing great.

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